Friday, October 23, 2015


Admit it!
You love getting a new purse!  
There is something invigorating about having a new "fabulous" handbag on your arm, right?

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Okay, maybe it's just me, but it always give me a sudden burst of confidence when I have a new handbag to carry...especially when it's one that is guaranteed to get noticed with lots of positive, excitable attention!
  Meet BIG BUDDHA and their awesome line of trendy designer handbags!  
These are going to have you feeling a burst of confidence as you start off fall in a fashion forward sense...
This is the BIG BUDDHA Geneva Cross Body in Leopard Print (I love leopard print).  I love this bag!  Why?  Well, when I have somewhere to go, that only requires me to take my keys, my phone, my license to drive and maybe a credit card (it has built in card pockets), it will fit nicely and securely inside this adorable bag. Plus, it's lightweight, and super FASHIONABLE!  I love it!  

CLICK HERE to check it out and order yourself one!
The BIG BUDDHA Grayson Shoulder Bag in BLUE is large and in charge!  This bag comes in several different color options, if blue is not your thing (but it's definitely mine).  Accented with GOLD ball like studs on the handles and length of the purse, this handbag has plenty of attention factor.  Plus, it has great built in pockets inside (with an awesome black/white lining that also stands out), as well as a zipper on the back side of the bag (the perfect place to store your phone).  This bag is big enough to carry all my "MOMMY" needs and more!  I'll be ready to store everyone's treasures and still look amazing doing it!

CLICK HERE to check out and order this bag for yourself!

Both of the Big Buddha handbags I received are totally sharp looking in appearance, well made, and I can't wait to use them both this fall!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Techie Toys For Christmas? 3D Maker and Storytime Theater...We Tried Them Out!

Christmas is only a couple months away!
Can you believe it?

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Every child likes the newest, latest, coolest gadget and gizmo, right?  
Here a couple ideas of new products that are just hitting the store shelves:
These two new "techie" toys arrived for us to try out, and we are excited to tell you about you can add them to your kid's Christmas wish list.
The first one we tried tonight, had the kids super excited!  3D printers and the such are all the rave right now!  This 3D Maker takes a gel like liquid, some molds, a curer (kind of like an easy bake oven) and after waiting patiently for a few minutes, you pop the hardened pieces out and construct your 3D objects together.  Seems simple enough, right?  It really is THAT SIMPLE!
We loved how the sea turtle came out.  It also comes with a couple pieces of flat plastic, so you can design your own 3D project...our daughter made a dolphin (she is a bit obsessed) and they even wrote out their names and words.  We even got a little goofy and I used a piece of the cured gel as a faux beard!
It comes with three colors of the liquid and several different stencils, like the turtle, a car, a bridge, a helicopter, etc.  The only thing I found a little frustrating is that it doesn't come with enough of the liquid to really create a LOT of things.  So your kids will only have about 2 completed projects before they will be out and need a refill of the liquid.   With six kids, this could really be a quickly escalating problem!   Aside from that, this 3D Maker was very fun, everyone loved getting into the creative time and we wished would have made even more with it...
The Storytime Theater is something that the younger guys were excited about.  This projector wirelessly connects to an app you download on your ipad or tablet. which just takes a few minutes!  Once you've got it installed, you can project the interactive Disney stories onto a wall, the ceiling or wherever you'd like.
It reads to you the interactive story, gives you the option to read it yourself, etc.  
The story lasts about 5 minutes and is very colorful and entertaining.  It comes with the Buzz Lightyear "Buzz' Space Adventure" Press N Play story!
There are several other stories that you can download or purchase the "Press N Play"story with the character to hear others.  These stories cost about $7.99 to download directly from the app store and they have several Disney stories to purchase.  I think this product is awesome and is a great learning device for reading or the perfect "before bedtime" story...but I must admit that the price of the stories is a little high, for a five minute interactive story.  However, if your child likes to hear the same story over and over again, and is a HUGE fan of the Disney characters, this would be a great Christmas present for them and they really will love it!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 3D Maker!
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Storytime Theater!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dresses For Parties, Weddings and More... Sara's Fashion

The holidays are coming!  
Does your family do anything during the holiday months, that requires you to buy "fancier" dress apparel for the kids?  
Maybe you are attending a lavish party, taking the kids to a Christmas performance that you get dressed up for, taking family pictures or even attending a wedding during the holidays.  

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Regardless your reasons, there is always a REASON to invest $$ in a beautiful dress...especially when you have daughters!
I was delighted to learn about Sara's Fashion and their HUGE selection of party/flower girl/communion dresses!  They have so many styles, colors and selection...when it came to choosing one dress, we had a difficult time.  Especially since our oldest daughter (who really isn't fond of dressing up too much) was the one who volunteered to help me with this feature!  

She found one that truly delighted her though...
We selected the Pretty Chiffon dress in the ROYAL BLUE color that was pictured...though it was orderable in several other colors as well.  
When it arrived, I was curious to see if it was as "NICE" as the picture made it look, especially since it shipped in a smaller envelope!  
To my delight...and her' was!  
The dress is two layers and has a detachable flower (pin on) that she can either wear if she wants to, or take off if she doesn't.  That will probably depend on her mood.  It has a zipper and tie back and I'd say it passed all our requirements to be a dress she will enjoy wearing for whatever occasion she needs to have a dressier dress for...this fall and winter.  
It's beautiful and she feels amazing wearing it!
Plus...this dress was on major sale and cost half of it's suggested retail!  SCORE!!  If you are planning a wedding and need to order dresses for your Junior Bridesmaids or Flower may want to start here first.  They have a vast inventory!  And they shipped this dress really quickly to us as well!

CLICK HERE to check all that Sara's Fashion has to offer you!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Lumination Glow Stick Markers - GLOWING GOOD TIME!

Kids love all things that glow!  
That's why GLOW STICKS are such a huge hit!

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So what if I could tell you about a product that took something your kids already love and turned it into a creatively fun activity that will last a few hours after?  
Does this sound like something your kids would enjoy playing with?
We received three Lumination Glow Stick Markers to try out!
After following the simple instructions of snapping the tube, shaking and then drawing with these fun glowing markers...we were all in awe of the bright, creative fun.
They really do glow brightly...and they come with felt stickers, so you can attach them to clothing, skateboards, etc.  I think these would be super fun for an outdoor sporting event (football, soccer, etc), to cheer your team on!  You simply crack, shake and draw!  The design you create with the glowing ink will last up to a couple hours.  The thicker you draw your design, the longer it lasts and glows for. 
 It even comes with a plastic lanyard to make it into a necklace.
These Glow Stick Markers will intrigue and encourage your kids creativity.  We were entertained for about 15 minutes, drawing on the sidewalk and creating our designs.  And of course, enjoying the glowing after effects too.  These are not recommended for use on skin and can stain fabrics and clothing...which is why they come with the felt stickers.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this product and where you can buy your children some.  
These would make super fun stocking stuffers for Christmas too!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

The Flame Sweet And Spicy Drink @TheFlameMixer

This weekend was more ways than one!
I tried drinking something that was pretty spicy too!  
A PEPPER style drink!
It was sweet and spicy all in the same sip of the drink.
And yes...this drink is completely 100% family friendly!

All products for this review/feature were purchased on my own behalf.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by offering my honest opinion on these products.  
A friendly guy, had a little booth set up outside of a store that carried products that all had some sort of HEAT (pepper heat) to them.  He was offering samples of this "juice like product".  It was called "The FLAME" sweet & spicy cocktail mixer.  When we walked by the first time, I was leery about tasting them...because I didn't want to regret drinking something weird like this.  Especially something that would make my mouth burn for the rest of the day.   You never know with these types of products!  The product rep was really nice, and even suggested that the kids would enjoy it too (non-alcoholic) we all had a little taste test.  Once we tried the first flavor (Mango), we had to try the rest...they were that good!   We tried the Watermelon and the Coconut Lime as well and all three were pretty awesome! We walked off buying nothing...but after shopping around, we went back and had to buy some to enjoy for the rest of our afternoon!  
We were sold!  
Not just me...we all were!  Literally!
Oddly enough, the thing about this beverage that I find the weirdest and coolest of all, is that when you drink it, your mouth never really senses the spiciness until you swallow.  You can hold a mouth full of this sweet ice cold beverage in your mouth and your tongue will not burn, it just doesn't!  However, when you swallow, it's the back of your throat that actually catches the burn on the way down.  It's not a horrible burn...but a fun burn!  In the heat of the day, this beverage was not only totally favorite was the Mango flavor, but it has a kick (that just hits you in the back of the throat) that kind of gives you an odd little boost.  
It's pretty awesome!  That's why I am writing about it!  
I'd totally drink more!  
The Flame can be mixed with alcohol, as a mixer...but we drank it the way it was (completely non-alcoholic) and we loved it!   
It will leave you wanting more.  At least it did for us!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this product and where you can buy yourself a few to taste test too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting my opinions about these products.  We purchased the products, after a taste test sampling outside of a store and I had to share my thoughts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's Adorable! Watching Things Grow In Our Garden...

Our first "Baby Pumpkin" is growing!
I am so excited!  HOW FUN IS THIS?
Maybe in a couple months we will actually have a few of these to carve for our Halloween pumpkins! 

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting this blog feature!  I purchased the pumpkins, on my own accord, that we used for planting these new plants...last year!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Growing Pumpkins...

We are trying to at least!  
HOME GROWN carving the ones they carved last year!
As you know, I have a blast planting and caring for my "back patio" garden!  It's soothing to my soul!
Last year, after the kids carved their pumpkins...we saved the seeds and decided to try to plant a few this summer, to see if we could grow our own "homegrown" pumpkin patch.  We dried a full bag of there are plenty to plant and grow if it does end up working out well!
So far, they are growing and blooming!  Whether or not we actually get a pumpkin from the process, is still be seen...but it's always a beautiful process of just simply watching a seed turn into a seedling, then into a baby plant and finally into a beautifully blooming & fruit producing plant.
My fingers are crossed...because how awesome would it be if we didn't have to visit a pumpkin patch (or the nearest Target) to get our pumpkins this year...but instead, we could simply go on our back patio and pick them ourselves!  AWESOMENESS!  

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